Stories for January 2014

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Friday, January 31

 

Thursday, January 30

   

Wednesday, January 29

                   

Chamber honors top community workers

A who’s who of the city’s business and civic group leaders turned out last week to celebrate the local Chamber of Commerce’s pick for 2013 Citizen of the Year.

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No appeal for Enloe license

In an effort to open discussions with Okanogan County Public Utility District about the future of Enloe Dam, American Whitewater decided not to file an appeal of the dam’s federal 50-year, power-generation license.

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Victim swings and hits burglars

Finding two people in his home, a local resident introduced the would-be burglars to the business end of a baseball bat Saturday afternoon.

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Fires kill two

A Saskatchewan man died in an early Saturday morning RV fire that officials believe was caused by a space heater.

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Fans chill to hockey

If Winthrop Ice and Sports Rink gets a new refrigeration unit, its director predicts a boon for local recreation and businesses.

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Snow drags ready

This year’s Bonaparte Lake Snow Drags promises to be bigger and better Feb. 8.

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Ulrich’s building sold

The former Ulrich Pharmacy building has been sold, and a coffee shop and Christian book store are slated to move in.

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Tuesday, January 28

     

Sunday, January 26



Two more locals make Olympics

Erik Bjornsen sat eating breakfast Wednesday morning in Seiser Alm, Italy, when he heard something he’s been yearning to hear for years.

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Protesters march against Roe v. Wade

About 60 pro-life activists walked quietly through the downtown area Wednesday afternoon, sporting signs with phrases like, “Abortion attacks God who is life,” and “Your mother was pro-life.”

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Fatal crash details sought

The Washington State Patrol is seeking witnesses to a Jan. 16 fatal crash involving a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

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Work pays off big

Of the 14 cross-country skiers named to the men’s and women’s Olympic teams this week, 5 were raised in Washington state.

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McMorris Rodgers to rebut Obama

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane has been selected to provide the Republican rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

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Saturday, January 25



Friday, January 24

    

Thursday, January 23

  

Danna Sue (Gebbers) Guzman

Danna Sue (Gebbers) Guzman, 60, of Brewster, Wash., was called home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at her home. Danna was born in Brewster, to Dan and Reba (Riggan) Gebbers on June 9, 1953.

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Wednesday, January 22

    

Two men charged in parts thefts

Two men have been charged in Okanogan County Superior Court with theft and trafficking in stolen property for allegedly stealing more than $23,000 worth of metal railroad part

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Cities retain control of pot

The state attorney general released an opinion last week confirming the authority of municipalities to regulate marijuana businesses within their jurisdictions.

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Cougar attacks increasing

Cougar sightings and attacks are up this winter in the Methow Valley, prompting state Department of Fish and Wildlife employees to take lethal action following attacks.

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Truck crashes into Conconully lake

A report that one person was trapped in a truck that broke through the ice on Conconully Reservoir on Saturday evening turned out to be partially true.

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Omak man pleads guilty to dealing drugs

An Omak man pleaded guilty Jan. 18 to 11 counts of delivery of a controlled substance, two counts of identity theft, attempted alien in possession of a firearm and money laundering.

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Mill hires manager

Omak Wood Products has hired a general manager to oversee operations of the plywood and veneer mill as it continues to progress toward adding more shifts.

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Catching the Seahawk bandwagon

As you can tell by the front page today, <em>The Chronicle</em> has joined the bandwagon following the Seattle Seahawks to the SuperBowl. I’m sure many of you have, too.

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Regulations stifle growth of jobs

Every year, the federal government issues hundreds of burdensome regulations, covering everything from domestic energy production to the specific types of light bulbs you can buy to the dust found on a farm.

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Inmates get holiday gifts

Folks from all over the county donated thousands of dollars worth of items to provide holiday gifts to Okanogan County Jail inmates.

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Farewell to Okanogan

I’ve never had to write one of these columns. At my last newspaper, I was released unceremoniously, the victim of a bad newspaper economy and — in my humble opinion — even worse decision-making.

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Jan. 22, 2014 - Academic honors

Brewster resident Lesley Hernandez-Silva, daughter of Maurilio and Agustina Hernandez, has been awarded the Presidential Scholarship of $3,000 from Eastern Washington University.

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Fans remain adamant about Hawks’ chances

Nerves may have been running high throughout the Pacific Northwest on Sunday, but one local family never wavered in their belief that the Seattle Seahawks would pull out the victory.

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Jan. 22, 2014 - Births

<strong>From Okanogan County Auditor’s Office</strong> Belen Gomez-Oros, 19, Pateros, and Hugo Martinez, 21, Bridgeport. Dusty Lynn Simpson, 34, and William Michael Bozman, 56, both Okanogan. Alexandra Janet Lopez, 18, and Reynaldo Cosino Almanza, 24, both Chelan.

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In a bind? Try a clip

Last week, I stumbled upon a new-to-me use for binder clips as I was faced with trying to use loose tea to make a cup of hot tea at work.

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Tires saved from the dump

The efforts of several area organizations and dozens of volunteers prevented more than 260 tons of tires from ending up in the Okanogan County Central Landfill.

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Ski races start

The Methow Valley Pursuit ski race will be contested in abbreviated form Saturday starting at the Cub Creek trailhead.

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Couple takes in ’Hawks victory

Bryan and Sara Berntsen of Omak celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary at the National Football Conference championship, won by the Seahawks over San Francisco in Seattle.

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Aguilar, Harvill win titles

Alex Aguilar and Caleb Harvill each finished second at the Premier Tournament on Saturday at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

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Tuesday, January 21

      

Monday, January 20



Sunday, January 19

   

Edward Anderson

Edward “Eddie” Daniel Anderson, 43, died Jan. 7, 2014. Services were Jan. 16, 2013, at the Riverside Cemetery.

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Driessen’s 41 sinks Cashmere

Easton Driessen put the team on his shoulders and scored a career-high 41 points in leading the Bears past Cashmere, 76-72, on Tuesday.

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Leadership group honors King

It’s more than just a day away from work or school – for many, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a chance to reflect on how far the U.S. has come in offering equal rights to citizens and what the future might bring.

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Legislators fight wage increase

A proposal by the governor to significantly raise the state’s minimum wage has been given a cold reception this week by 7th and 12th District lawmakers.

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Friday, January 17

 

Thursday, January 16

  

Wednesday, January 15

      

Sharing Tree questions answered

A story about the Soroptimists Sharing Tree published on the front page of the Dec. 15 edition of The Chronicle has generated some questions about who benefitted from donated gifts. I would like to clear up any misconceptions.

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Okanogan pounds inside

Okanogan pounded the ball inside to Jim Townsend in improving to 12-0 after knocking off Cashmere, 73-67, on Saturday.

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Principal nominated for award

Omak High School Assistant Principal Joanne Warren has been named as one of the top administrators among the Caribou Trail League schools and has been nominated for a statewide award.

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Coulee Dam investigation pending

Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal is in the process of determining whether his department or an outside agency will handle an investigation into a missing computer and electronic files from City Hall.

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Local man injured in crash

A local man remained hospitalized Monday after being struck by a vehicle in front of The Dollar Tree, 703 Omache Drive, last week.

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World hip-hop shows set

Nomadic Massive, a world music/hip-hop group from Montreal, Canada, will perform in the Omak Performing Arts Center and the Winthrop Barn.

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Web upgrades benefit non-profit

Applying for college scholarships is a more direct process now for Bridgeport High School students with the launch of a new Dollars for Scholars website.

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Pot creates more issues

As the state reviews business license applications to produce, process and sell recreational marijuana, law enforcement agencies are deciding how to handle issues associated with possession.

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Monster music, play set in Omak

Music educators plan their annual high school Monster Band and Choir Festival for Feb. 10 in the Omak Performing Arts Center, 14 S. Cedar St.

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Miller bowls 300

Casey Miller of Omak tossed his second perfect 300 game of the season to highlight action at Valley Lanes last week.

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Court upholds murder finding

The state Court of Appeals has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of Tansy Fay-Arwen Mathis in the 2009 death of Michelle Kitterman.

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Derby plans look good

The Oroville Chamber of Commerce continues to make plans for its annual ice fishing tournament on Saturday of Presidents Day weekend in mid-February.

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Skiers await Sochi

The outlook remains great for four cross country skiers with ties to the Methow Valley to reach the Olympics in a couple weeks in Sochi, Russia.

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Pick up Christmas entries

Children’s writing and art entries in The Chronicle’s Christmas contest can be picked up in the newspaper’s office, 618 Okoma Drive. They will be available until Jan. 31.

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Parks board plans retreat in Twisp

The Okanogan County Parks and Recreation Board is planning a day-long retreat Saturday at the Methow Valley Community Center, 201 Methow Valley Highway.

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Bets brighten sports rivalry

I’m not sure when it first began, but there’s a longstanding tradition of friendly betting on sports events between the political leaders of each city or state.

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Support Sen. Roach's efforts on taxes

Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, wants to end that wasteful cycle. So, she is introducing a resolution again calling for a constitutional amendment setting the two-thirds majority threshold into state law once and for all.

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Relay moves indoors

Organizers are gearing up for the area’s first indoor Relay for Life event, set for mid-May in the Okanogan County Fairgrounds Agriplex.

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Tuesday, January 14

  

Monday, January 13

    

Joanne E. Mitchell

Former Omak resident Joanne E. Mitchell, 74, died Jan. 6, 2014. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Feb. 8 at the Mercer Creek Church, 1407 N. B St., Ellensburg.

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Sunday, January 12



Ernie Garcia

Former volunteer firefighter Ernie Garcia, 56, died Dec. 15, 2013, s at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

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Expect change this fall

Expect some juggling of leagues following the final listing of classifications at which schools will play next year.

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Gas tax, McCleary take stage

Thursday’s state Supreme Court order demanding further action on implementing the McCleary school funding ruling could throw a monkey wrench into legislators’ anticipated slow session.

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Lily K. Beckman

Former Twisp resident and business owner Lily K. Beckman, 88, died Dec. 31, 2013, in Chelan.

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Maxine A. Crawford

Former Grand Coulee resident Maxine A. Crawford, 99, died Dec. 28, 2013, at The Renaissance Assisted Living Facility in west Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

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Friday, January 10

      

Thursday, January 9



Leo Ray Orestad

Leo Ray Orestad, 74, passed away Dec. 18, 2013 at his home. Services will be held at a later date.

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Wednesday, January 8

                            

New Year brings babies

All four hospitals serving Okanogan County have welcomed their first babies of 2014. Isaac James Hamernik was the county’s first baby. He was born at 12:54 a.m. New Year’s Day at North Valley Hospital.

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Bakers get busy with rosca

Hundreds of families took part Monday in Three Kings Day with a sweet tradition derived from the Bible, and two local bakeries provided the goods.

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Utility should dump Nine Canyon

In the five years I’ve lived in Okanogan County, my power bill has continued to climb. My rate increases, which amount to more than 45 percent since 2009, are due in part to the Okanogan County Public Utility District’s inability to rein in spending.

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Moore murder trial delayed

Murder defendant Don Arthur Moore’s trial has been postponed until February. Moore, 65, is charged in Okanogan County Superior Court with the April 20, 2013, shooting and stabbing death of Bruce R. Molony of Riverside.

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Other districts also asking for money

The Pateros, Brewster, Omak and Tonasket school districts are each asking voters to approve maintenance and operations levies, and Okanogan is seeking a technology levy.

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Proctor eats lightly

Shane Proctor, a Lake Roosevelt graduate living in North Carolina, rode the bull C Note to a score of 86.75 to open the 21st season of Professional Bull Riders on Friday at Madison Square Garden.

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Bridgeport schools seek bond

A temporary fix in the 1970s to add more space to Bridgeport Elementary School has been getting worn down, prompting the school district to ask voters next month to approve a $3.9 million bond issue.

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Open government group seeks Coulee Dam probe

The Washington Coalition for Open Government has called on local and state officials to investigate the alleged disappearance of a town computer and all emails sent and received by former Coulee Dam Mayor Quincy Snow.

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Man faces 19 felonies after burglary

A man has been charged with 19 felonies after allegedly taking a vehicle, crashing it, and then burglarizing the nearby home of two deputy prosecuting attorneys.

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’Dogs claim NOHI title

Okanogan edged Kettle Falls to claim the wrestling championship at the North Okanogan Holiday Invitational on Saturday.

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Man indicted for arson

A man could face up to five years in prison if convicted on federal charges of setting fire to tribal lands.

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Friends celebrate former legislator

Longtime Oroville resident, former state representative, senator and director of the Department of Ecology, and community leader Wilbur G. “Web” Hallauer, 99, died Dec. 19, 2013.

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What is Three Rivers hiding?

This attempt to block access to a public record is a solid slap in the face to taxpayers living in the hospital’s taxing district and should not go unchallenged.

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Glanzer - Haire

Tyrone and Janet Glanzer have announced the engagement of their daughter, Dana Glanzer, to Sean Haire.

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Kinda glad it's all over

I don’t stress out any more about trying to provide a “perfect” holiday for our family, but I still breathe a sigh of relief when the Thanksgiving-to-New Year’s craziness is over.

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Tuesday, January 7

    

Catherine Annie Ritz

Local resident Catherine Annie Ritz, 88, died Dec. 30, 2013. A service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Methow Calvary Chapel, 20077 state Highway 20.

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Sunday, January 5

    

Friday, January 3

 

Thursday, January 2

     

Wednesday, January 1



Election gives mandate for change

The Coulee Dam elections were a clear mandate for change — for a different way of serving, for more transparency, for more concern and hopefully for more citizen involvement.

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Retired Okanogan County K-9 dies

Retired K-9 deputy Fredy, a German shepherd that worked for the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office for almost seven years, died the day after Christmas.

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Tribe plans rebuilding effort

The Colville Business Council continues to make plans to replace the tribal administration building, which was destroyed by fire last July, but money for the project won’t come from the Qwam Qwmpt Plan.

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Alleged robbery turns out to be casino visit

A crime that apparently didn’t happen landed a local woman in jail just after Christmas. Karen L. Beam-Davis, 62, was arrested at 1 a.m. Friday on suspicion of making a false report after claiming she’d been held up at gunpoint and forced to drive the robber to Oroville, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said.

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Illness treated differently now

People’s attitudes toward spreading diseases have changed in the last century. When I was I was a child, if someone in a family came down with something contagious, the health department would post a sign on the front of their house, warning others to keep out. As I recall, the one for scarlet fever was in bright red.

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Commissioner pushes delisting

As the federal government continues to consider whether to delist the gray wolf in the lower 48, an Okanogan County official is hopeful.

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Top 2013 story: Bears win state title

The Top 10 sports stories find the state 1A girls basketball championship trophy staying in Okanogan County with Brewster bringing it home in March. For the Bears to claim the golden globe trophy, they had to get past the previous year’s champs, Okanogan.

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A view from the sidelines -Impart love in 2014

I find myself torn at the end of 2013 between writing about eating healthy during the holidays, pursuing your passion in the New Year or finding happiness at this time of year while creating memorable quotes.

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Academic Honors Jan. 1, 2014

Republic Junior High honor roll Republic Junior High School has named first quarter honor roll students. Curlew has released its first quarter honor roll.

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A look back at my personal favorites

Going through back issues of The Chronicle, it’s been fun to reminisce a little about some of the stories that made headlines and the memorable photos that have captured moments.

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